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06 Jul 2019 | 01:04 PM UTC

South Korea: Postal workers to strike nationwide July 9

South Korea News Alert

Union representing postal workers announces nationwide strike July 9

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION South Korea, Seoul

Event

South Korean media outlets have reported that postal workers represented by the Korea Postal Workers Union (KPWU) are due to strike on Tuesday, July 9. Participants are demanding better working conditions. The union has not yet announced any associated demonstrations as of Friday, July 5, however; additional industrial action is possible.

Context

The Parcel Delivery Workers' Solidarity Union held a strike and rally in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul on July 4, which was the first instance postal workers in South Korea have participated in a general strike.

Since July 3, more than 50,000 non-regular public sector workers have been marching in the capital each day - usually gathering in Gwanghwamun Square - to protest poor working conditions and wage discrimination.

Advice

Individuals in South Korea, notable in Seoul, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized transportation and other disruptions during the strike period, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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